Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory


Biotots: Pre-School Language Development

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Pre-school Language Development Slide Show
Scientific American

Scientific American, September 23, 2014
I Got Rhythm, I Got Reading


NPR, July 21, 2015
The Test That Can Look Into A Child's (Reading) Future


We are inviting participants to come play listening games, learning games, and do brain testing while watching movies! In this longitudinal study, we will be tracking children as they learn to read by testing them once a year. Ultimately, we are interested in relating brain activity to how children learn to read and hear in challenging listening environments like noisy classrooms.

Prerequisites for participation:

  • Children ages 3 and 4 who are excited to play listening and learning games
  • Children who are willing to participate in research that tests how the brain responds to sounds while watching their favorite movies
  • Children who would like to participate in science to earn $10/hour!
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Relevant Publications

Thompson EC, Woodruff Carr K, White-Schwoch T, Tierney A, Nicol T, Kraus N (2016) Hemispheric asymmetry of endogenous neural oscillations in young children: Implications for hearing speech in noise. Scientific Reports. 6:19737.

Woodruff Carr K, Tierney A, White-Schwoch T, Kraus N. (2016) Intertrial auditory neural stability supports beat synchronization in preschoolers. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 17: 76–82.

White-Schwoch T, Woodruff Carr K, Thompson EC, Anderson S, Nicol T, Bradlow AR, Zecker SG, Kraus N (2015) Auditory processing in noise: A preschool biomarker for literacy. PLOS Biology 13(7): e1002196.

White-Schwoch T, Davies EC, Thompson EC, Woodruff Carr K, Nicol T, Bradlow AR, Kraus N (in press) Auditory-neurophysiological responses to speech during early childhood: Effects of background noise. Hearing Research. 328:34-47

Spitzer E, White-Schwoch T, Woodruff Carr K, Skoe E, Kraus N. (2015) Continued maturation of the click-evoked auditory brainstem response in preschoolers. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. 26: 30-35

Woodruff Carr K, White-Schwoch T, Tierney A, Strait DL, Kraus N (2014). Beat synchronization predicts neural speech encoding and reading readiness in preschoolers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(40): 14559-14564.
Woodruff Carr et al., PNAS Supplemental Information

White-Schwoch T, Kraus N. (2013) Physiologic discrimination of stop consonants relates to phonological ability in pre-readers: A biomarker for subsequent reading ability? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7(899). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00899


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Interested? Contact us!

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

(847) 491-2457

Principal Investigators:

Nina Kraus, Ph.D.

Ann Bradlow, Ph.D.

Steve Zecker, Ph.D.

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